The Importance of Passive "Built-in" Fire Protection

Passive fire protection is a vital component of any fire safety strategy, built into the structure of a building to safeguard people’s lives and limit the financial impact of damage to buildings and their contents. It does this by:

  • Limiting the spread of fire and smoke by containing it in a single compartment
  • Protecting escape routes for essential means of escape
  • Protecting the building structure thereby ensuring it’s sustainability
  • Fire safety responsibilities
    If you manage own or employ people in the built environment, understanding fire legislation is your responsibility. The law requires you to ensure the safety from fire of any employees and visitors in the vicinity of your property; ensure any refurbishment meets the requirements of the Building Regulations; and undertake regular risk assessments. Click here for further information on your legal responsibilities and on fire risk assessment.


    Third Party Certification

    Third Party Certification is a means of independently verifying the competency and quality of the workmanship of companies manufacturing, installing and maintaining fire protection products and systems. Read more



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    All ASFP Contractors are required to gain Third Party Certification from a UKAS accredited Certification Body as a mandatory requirement to become a member of the ASFP.






    Visit the ASFP video library

    The ASFP's new video channel features free-to-view online videos. Arranged in eight modules, the videos offer an introduction to passive fire protection and take viewers through a typical risk assessment. Read more


    ASFP Risk Assessors' Guide

    The ASFP Guide to Inspecting Passive Fire Protection for Fire Risk Assessors is now available. The guide is aimed at all those involved in the specification, installation or maintenance of passive fire protection. The document is available for purchase in hard copy format (order form). To download a free pdf click here.


    Construction Products Regulation (CPR) & CE Marking

    The Construction Products Association has produced an excellent guide on the CPR & CE Marking to reveals what you should know about CE marking, before the full introduction of the CPR in July 2013 Click here to download free copy



    BP GuideASFP unveils Best Practice Guide

    The ASFP launched a new edition of its popular guide, Ensuring Best Practice for Passive Fire Protection in Buildings at Firex International. This contains essential guidance relating to the installation, specification, commissioning and purchasing of passive fire protection. Read more




    ASFP Passive Fire Protection Awareness Training now available

    The Association for Specialist Fire Protection is pleased to announce that its Passive Fire Protection (PFP) Awareness Training Programme is now available. The scheme, developed in collaboration with CITB and the Fire Protection Association, aims to improve the skills of contractors and improve the knowledge base of those involved in the design, supply, inspection and maintenance of passive fire protection. Read more








    Latest News from ASFP

    Book now for the ASFP Charity Social Day

    The ASFP's Charity Social Day will take place at the Forest of Arden Hotel on Friday 25 September. The event, which will raise money for the ASFP’s nominated charity, The Children’s’ Burns Trust, offers golf on the 18 hole Aylesford Course, or alternative activities. Click here to download the Programme, or a Booking Form. Book now to ensure your place! 


    ASFP offers BIM advice at 2015 AGM

    Members attending the ASFP AGM at the Saddlers Hall in London on 26 June received advice on Building Information Modelling and passive fire protection training, as well as a review of ASFP activities. They also received information about the BUILD UK the new organisation that will bring together principal and specialist contractors. Click to view the AGM presentations


    ASFP Firex International seminar presentations available

    The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) offered visitors to Firex International the opportunity develop their knowledge of passive fire protection via two free half-day seminars. Click to view the presentations


    ASFP CEO describes the Association's aims

    In a candid interview, ASFP CEO Wilf Butcher discusses the organisation’s priorities and the challenges of protecting modern buildings.




    ASFP holds CPD seminar in support of Fire Door Safety Week

    The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) will be holding the next in its series of regional CPD seminars at the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Eastleigh Hampshire on 16th September 2015. Read more


    ASFP Technical Officer to chair fire resistance test committee

    Niall Rowan, ASFP Technical Officer, has been appointed chair of FSH 22, the UK national committee for fire resistance testing.
    The committee is responsible for maintaining the BS 476: Parts 20-24 series of fire resistance test methods and formulates the UK input into the European CEN TC 127 Fire safety in buildings committee. Read more


    Fire Minister addresses ASFP President’s Lunch

    MinisterFire Minister Penny Mordaunt welcomed ASFP members and guests to the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) annual President’s Lunch in the House of Commons on 21 November. The event, which attracted over 160 ASFP members and guests, provided the Association with an opportunity to raise issues of importance to the passive fire protection sector over the coming year.

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    West Midlands seminar presentations available

    Presentations from the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) regional CPD seminar in Birmingham on 10 December 2014 are available for download. Read more


    ASFP praised for raising awareness of passive fire protection
    Anthony BurdThe Association for Specialist Fire Protection was praised for its work in raising awareness of passive fire protection at its Annual General Meeting, held at the Saddlers’ Hall in London on 4 July. With speakers emphasising the need for standards and competency, the ASFP was commended for its role in educating installers, building managers and enforcers. Read more


    ASFP releases 5th edition of 'Yellow Book'Yellow book

    The new ASFP 'Yellow Book' (5th edition) covers the fire protection of structural steelwork to provide compliance with building regulations. It has been fully revised to make it easier to navigate and to cater for the new fire test and assessment methods in Europe for cellular beams. It also provides a comprehensive guide to proprietary materials and systems, all of which are manufactured, marketed or site-applied by ASFP members.

    Click here to download


    Three new Advisory Notes from ASFP

    The ASFP has released three new advisory notes:

    Advisory Note 6: Use of fire stopping compenents from different manufacturers/systems.

    Advisory Note 7: Horizontal linear gap seals used in curtain walling systems.

    Advisory Note 8: Issues surrounding service support centres.

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    Lakanal House: ASFP statement

    The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) recognises that the Lakanal House tragedy highlights the vital role played by compartmentation in protecting escape routes and slowing the spread of fire and smoke. It also demonstrates the tragic consequences which may ensue if such systems are not adequately specified, installed and maintained. Read more